In This Review

By Carlo Schmid
Scherz, 1979, 868 pp

The memoirs of a recently deceased, much respected Bonn statesman, a leading socialist who survived Hitler's regime and war with his moral position unbroken and who came to play a major role in the formation and development of the Federal Republic. A Swabian academic, he was a kind of intellectual patrician of his party and an early champion of Europe. His book gives a rich, if not exactly sparse, account of his various roles and his encounters with the great in Germany and outside. Pleasantly evocative rather than austerely analytical or deeply perspicacious.